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Zephyrhills, FL, Lodge donated a new van to the local Meals on Wheels, which delivers meals to people who cannot leave their homes. Pictured are (from left) Trustee James Hart, Meals on Wheels Director Cindy Beson, ER Mary Crosier, and PDD Albert Shaffer.

Valor in honor of his sacrifice. Ser- geant Cruttenden was assigned to the 27th Engineer Battalion, 20th Engi- neer Brigade, XVIII Airborne Corps when he died in Afghanistan on November 7, 2010.

In other news, lodge members treated each of 200 local children who attended the City of Gunnison’s Night of Lights event to a visit with Santa, who gave each child a sack of candy, at the lodge.

Lakewood, CO, Lodge members gave toys to the children of 100 needy families and gave each family a $50 gift card to help purchase groceries. The nearly $12,000 for the gifts was raised through the lodge’s Charity Drive, which was capped by a Charity Ball that was attended by more than 225 people.

In other news, the lodge held its annual Marty’s Kids Christmas Party. During the event, lodge members treated 300 children with special needs to dinner, dancing, live musical entertainment, and a visit with Santa, who gave each child a stuffed toy animal, a blanket, and a scarf.

Sterling, CO, Lodge held its 19th annual Thanksgiving Day Dinner and treated 572 needy and lonely people to a meal. In addition to the 321 dinners


that were served at the lodge, 121 dinners were delivered to people’s homes and 130 dinners were picked up from the lodge. In other news, lodge members and members of a local Rotary organiza- tion distributed dictionaries to more than 300 third-grade students in 11 elementary schools. Additionally, lodge members gave presentations to the second-grade classes at each school on the Pledge of Allegiance and gave presentations to the fourth- through sixth-grade classes at each school on the proper handling of the US flag. The lodge also donated an educational DVD on US veterans to each school.

Branford, CT, Lodge members honored their poster child, six-year-old David Pellegrino, who has cerebral palsy, during their Children’s Christmas Party and gave him and his family a financial gift to help pay for his treatment and other expenses.

Derby, CT, Lodge held a Holiday Party and treated 39 adults with disabilities and their caregivers to dinner at the lodge followed by a visit with Santa, who gave each partygoer a gift.

Waterbury, CT, Lodge held a Raffle fund-raiser, featuring a wheelbarrow

Cartersville, GA, Lodge members, accom- panied by Santa, visited Tranquility House, a shelter for women and children who are vic- tims of domestic violence, and treated 11 children,

including some children of staff members, to dessert and a visit with Santa, who gave each child a gift. Pictured with Santa (lodge member Robert Combs) is one of the staff members’ children.

In other news, the lodge, with the help of

the Bartow County Department of Family and Children’s Services, held its second annual Lunch with Santa for more than 180 foster children, foster parents, and family members and treated partygoers to lunch and a visit with Santa.

full of treats, and raised $1,300 for the Elks National Foundation.

Aripeka, FL, Lodge Bingo Committee donated $250 to the local Special Olympics; $250 to the US Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program; $250 to the Kids Wish Network, which fulfills the wishes of seriously ill children; and $250 to the West Pasco Little League baseball team. In other news, lodge members packed and shipped 18 boxes of goodies to US troops serving in Afghanistan.

Brooksville, FL, Lodge donated $500 to the Harry-Anna Trust Fund, a fund

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